During the lead-up to the 2017 NFL Draft, the versatile safety on most draftniks’ minds was Jabrill Peppers from Michigan. A man without a true position, Peppers played basically every position in the Wolverines’ back seven on defense as well as returning punts and playing some running back as well.
However, one player who seemingly didn’t get enough recognition for his versatility is NC State’s Josh Jones is now a Green Bay Packer after being selected 61st overall. Jones, who at 6’1” and 220 pounds is quite a bit bigger than the 5’11”, 213-pound Peppers, which should help him when he lines up in the box. Furthermore, Jones tested even better than Peppers in all of the Combine events (though neither one completed a shuttle or cone drill).
All that comes to a head when you realize that Jones played multiple positions in college as well, and today we find a comment from Packers head coach Mike McCarthy that confirms Jones will be used all over the defense. With Kevin King projecting primarily as a boundary corner, Jones’ ability to roam around and cause havoc all over should in time make him an integral piece of Dom Capers’ defense.
Check out news on Jones and much more in today’s Curds.
How will this draft class fit in? | Packers.com
Mike Spofford's mailbag is back, wherein he calls this offseason the "most active" one in Green Bay he has seen in a long time and calls the traditional 3-4 a sub package against the run.
Mike McCarthy compares new Packers DB Josh Jones to Micah Hyde | Packers Wire
Look for Jones to line up all over the place and use his physical tools to support the defense in numerous different positions. Personally, I'm most intrigued to see what he can do at linebacker.
Jahri Evans could be one of Packers' most underrated offseason moves - ESPN
It certainly gave the team some extra flexibility in the first two days of the draft, and his contract should be a bargain if he can maintain his play from 2016.
Ben McAdoo: It's not Eli Manning's job to develop QBs - NFL.com
Does this sound like any other scenarios you remember? It brings to my mind visions of Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers during the first couple years of Aaron's tenure.
Acme Packing Company's Tex Western on Vince Biegel, NFL Draft Hot Takes — The Power Sweep, a Green Bay Packers Blog
Tex joined the Blue 58 podcast to discuss the Biegel pick and much more about the NFL draft.
Olympic sprinter destroys John Ross' 40 time after Bengals receiver says he's faster than Usain Bolt - SBNation.com
Nice try, Mister Ross. You just got beaten by a full tenth of a second.